Cranberry Orange Walnut French Toast

Cranberry Orange Walnut Bread that is lightly battered and fried to make the best French Toast I’ve ever had. Perfect for Christmas! Or perfect for a Thursday afternoon all by yourself. We don’t judge round here.

Cranberry Orange Walnut French Toast

I once waited 2 hours to eat this Cranberry Orange Walnut French Toast. No food seems worth it after 2 hours, but I swear, this meal was. There is this famous restaurant in San Francisco that supposedly has amazing food, but is notorious for the long lines. Eric and I had a weekend to ourselves last summer with no kids, so we decided to exercise our thumb-war skillz wait it out.

I don’t regret the wait at all, especially since a very talented street performer entertained our queue half the time. He was taking song requests (any song!) and had a deep, rich voice. The smoking trendy French kids in line behind us requested “Bohemian Rhapsody” and the guy said he didn’t do foreign songs. It took me a minute to realize he was totally serious. (And then I got to exchange knowing smiles with French People, which made me feel So Cool.)

Cranberry Orange Walnut French Toast

The day I recreated this French Toast, I ran to the store in the morning to grab the fresh berries. I had looked over the ingredient list for my recipe and determined that that was all I needed. I didn’t check the fridge to see if there was milk because THERE’S ALWAYS MILK. I mean, I have kids, and chocolate chip cookie needs, come on. Later I went to make it and realized I didn’t have one speck of milk in the house. None. And the baby had just fallen asleep.

Cranberry Orange Walnut French Toast

Fortunately my neighbor let me borrow some. “I know what it’s like when those kids don’t get their milk!” she said, hefting her own baby on her hip. I smiled and did NOT tell her that I would be making French Toast with that milk, alone in my house on a Thursday afternoon while my kids napped.

Vanilla is essential for delicious French Toast, so I used the Pure Vanilla Extract that Rodelle recently sent me. I’m a new brand ambassador for Rodelle, which means that YOU guys will get the chance to win free Rodelle product giveaways occasionally. Look forward to one in early December!


I’m pretty stoked to be partnering with Rodelle. I’m a strong believer in quality vanilla, and theirs is some of the best. ^^ Truman feels the same.

Cranberry Orange Walnut French Toast

I think this French Toast would be perfect for Christmas morning. So bright and festive! The Cranberry Orange Walnut Bread is definitely stand alone; it’s got tons of flavor. But there just aren’t too many things that aren’t better fried and drizzled with real maple syrup. (Can I get an amen.)

Do you guys give up? Or are you thirsty for more?
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Disclosure: Rodelle did not pay me to write this post, but I did receive free product from them. All opinions are my own! Duh.

Cranberry Orange Walnut French Toast

Yield: Serves 4-6

Recipe by The Food Charlatan


  • 1 loaf Cranberry Orange Walnut Bread (click for recipe)
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • dash salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons Rodelle Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • butter or shortening, for frying
  • real maple syrup
  • strawberries, raspberries, blueberries (for garnish)
  • powdered sugar, for garnish


  1. Preheat your oven to the warm setting, about 170 degrees F. Place a baking sheet inside, with a cooling rack set on top. (You will use this to keep your toast warm.)
  2. Preheat a grill pan or large frying pan to medium heat (350 degrees F)
  3. Slice the loaf of bread into 1/4 or 1/2 inch slices.
  4. In a shallow dish (such as a pie plate) add the flour. Slowly pour in the milk while you whisk it together. Add the salt, cinnamon, vanilla, sugar, and eggs. (Beat the eggs in a separate bowl, if that's easier for you.) Beat together.
  5. Add a slice of bread to the batter, or as many as will fit on your plate at a time. Let it soak in for 20 seconds or so, then flip.
  6. Add a little butter or shortening to the pan and swirl to coat.
  7. When the butter is hot, add the soaked bread. Cook for 3-5 minutes, or until browned on the bottom, then flip over. Cook for another 2-4 minutes or until golden. If you sliced your toast thick, you may need to fry the edges as well.
  8. Place the finished toast on the cooling rack in the warm oven until ready to serve.
  9. Serve with maple syrup, fresh strawberries, raspberries, and blueberries, and a sprinkle of powdered sugar!

Cranberry Orange Walnut French Toast from The Food Charlatan

Let the bread get good and soaked. Keep whisking it every now and then so you don’t miss all the cinnamon.

Cranberry Orange Walnut French Toast from The Food Charlatan

Flip the bread on it’s side if your slices are thick.

Here’s the Cranberry Orange Walnut Bread in all it’s glory:

Cranberry Orange Walnut Bread from The Food Charlatan

French Toast for daaaaaays!

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Cream Cheese French Toast Casserole:

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Deep Dish Buttermilk Pancake:

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Liege Waffles with Pearl Sugar:

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More French Toast from friends:

Chocolate Banana French Toast Sandwiches from Amy’s Healthy Baking
Homemade French Toast Sticks from Six Sister’s Stuff
Overnight Blueberry French Toast Casserole from Deliciously Yum





  1. says

    I love that you didn’t tell your neighbor about your milk needs :) you could have told me if I was your neighbor because I understand those needs! This looks delicious and like something I would crave any day of the week. I can’t believe I never made it to mamas while I was living in sf! Next time…
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  2. Sarah says

    WHAT. It’s like FATE! I just made this bread two days ago and I have several slices left and I haven’t eaten breakfast yet and, fortunately for me, I have two whole gallons of milk, so this is HAPPENING! Also, Rodelle for the win. I am cray cray about that stuff. Ok, and Scharffenberger. You should totally be an ambassador for them too (saying the word ambassador makes me imagine them as tiny countries of vanilla and chocolate to which you travel in a navy blue pant suit, which is pretty magical).

  3. says

    These must be the most beautiful pics I’ve seen in a while… I mean, I can hardly take my eyes off ;). I am not even going to tell you what I love about this French toast creation – it might just set me over the edge. I am having some serious drool issues over here, ha. Also, thank you so much for sharing one of my faves. You rock, lady. Giving you a virtual high five ;)
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    • says

      Alice, I had NEVER thought to use quick bread for French toast before I ate this the first time. Mind blowing! Oh and thanks about Rodelle, yeah I’m pretty excited to model for them! I mean bake. :) :) :)

    • says

      Thanks Lisa! I’ve heard that the only way to go is to arrive at least a half hour before they open in the morning. It’s a really fun place that has a great home-style feel, even though there are people everywhere.

  4. says

    I’m so glad I’m the only weirdo *cough* super cool person who has thumb wars with their husband, even though there’s no hope of winning. Do you guys also play hangman while waiting for your food? Or is that just immature me? :-p My parents used to make us wait to open our Christmas presents until after they had eaten breakfast . . . THE WORST!!! But if my mom had made me this it definitely would have softened the blow. You make such beautiful, beautiful food!
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    • says

      Thumb wars are the best!! I forgot about hangman, we should do that. In my family we always opened stockings, then ate breakfast, then presents. It’s all about the breakfast on Christmas!!! Thanks so much Claire!

  5. says

    Guuuuuuh…. < you've rendered me speechless because this is the best looking french toast I've ever seen. Thank God your neighbour lent you some milk and you didn't have to wait for French toast deliciousness in your life. Is Truman drinking from that bottle of vanilla? If so, he's my kind of guy! And who the hell doesn't know Bohemian Rhapsody? That guy doesn't deserve to call himself a busker.

  6. says

    Cutest. Picture. EVER. Truman is just the sweetest!! That looks like the best vanilla ever, and I’m dying to try some over here! Gotta keep my eyes peeled at the grocery stores! And I’m totally a fan of breakfast at any time of day. I’ve actually started to convert my guy to breakfast for dinner! Via the super classy IHOP and Denny’s. (Although in my defense, I had never been to Denny’s until two days ago when he took me.) But hey, as long as they give me breakfast, I don’t care how elegant the restaurant is! ;) Pinned!
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